Dr. Damon Waitt Knows Plants and Shares What he Knows

Sep 8th, 2017 | By | Category: guest bio, the show
Damon Waitt

Dr. Damon Waitt, Director of the North Carolina Botanical Garden in Chapel Hill, formerly senior Director and botanist at the Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin, Texas.

Damon E. Waitt, Ph. D.

Dr. Damon Waitt is Director of the North Carolina Botanical Garden in Chapel Hill, and former Senior Director at the Lady Bird Wildflower Center in Austin, Texas.

As Senior Director, Waitt had broad responsibility for developing the Wildflower Center’s 279 acres of gardens and natural areas. In addition, the he supervised program activities including Horticulture, Site Management, Plant Conservation, Education, Invasive Species Initiatives, Growing Operations and Living Collections. Waitt also served as the Wildflower Center’s botanical authority and is the author of the Center’s Native Plant Information Network (www.wildflower.org/explore).

Waitt holds a Ph.D. in Botany from the University of Texas in Austin, an M.S in Botany from Louisiana State University Baton Rouge and a B.S. in Biology from Tulane University. Prior to joining the Wildflower Center in 2001, Dr. Waitt served on the faculty at Saint Edward’s University and Southwestern University and as Director of Environmental Programs for the Associated Colleges of the South.

Dr. Waitt serves on the Invasive Species Advisory Committee for the National Invasive Species Council, is founder of the Texas Invasive Plant and Pest Council, past chair of the National Association of Exotic Pest Plant Councils. He is also past chair of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Advisory Committee and past-president of the Texas Academy of Sciences.

Contact Information for Damon Waitt:

Damon E. Waitt, Ph.D.
Director, North Carolina Botanical Garden
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
CB 3375
Chapel Hill, NC 275599
email: dwaitt@unc.edu
phone: 919-962-2184

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